Stephen Perez.Dr. Stephen Perez
Interim President, San José State University

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Dr. Stephen Perez was appointed Interim President of San José State University on November 22, 2021, and assumed the presidency on January 3, 2022. Dr. Perez now leads the oldest public university in the west, the founding campus of the California State University system, and Silicon Valley’s only public university.

In announcing the appointment, CSU Chancellor Joseph I Castro characterized Dr. Perez as “a bold leader with a long-standing commitment to improving student achievement demonstrated through his many years of service at Sacramento State. His passion for increasing opportunity for all students and his track record of building collaborative relationships with students, faculty and staff will ensure that SJSU continues on its upward trajectory during this time of transition.”

Previous Appointments

Most recently, Dr. Perez served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and a Professor of Economics at California State University, Sacramento. He was appointed as the interim Provost in fall 2018 and named to the Provost position in fall 2019.

As Provost, he provided leadership and support for the Division of Academic Affairs, including faculty and staff in all Colleges, the University Library, International Programs and Global Engagement, the Offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, the Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development, the Office of Faculty Advancement, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Academic Excellence, and a number of key support offices.

After receiving his B.A. degree in economics at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Perez received his Ph.D. degree in economics from the University of California, Davis in 1994. He taught economics at Virginia Commonwealth University and Washington State University before coming to California State University, Sacramento in 2001. There, he taught macroeconomics at all levels as well as econometrics, sports economics, labor economics, and mathematics for economists.

Dr. Perez’s research has explored most macroeconomic topics, but a specific interest has been evaluating the ability of econometric techniques to discover the truth, issues of causality in macroeconomics, and sports economics. His articles appear in many economics journals, including The Journal of Sports Economics, The Journal of Monetary Economics, The Econometrics Journal, Economics Letters, The Journal of Economic Methodology, Public Finance and Management, The Journal of Economics and Business, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking, Applied Economics, and The Journal of Macroeconomics.